The Lost Men: The Harrowing Saga of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party
The untold story of the last odyssey of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Antarctic endeavor is legend, but for sheer heroism and tragic nobility, nothing compares to the saga of the Ross Sea party. This crew of explorers landed on the opposite side of Antarctica from the Endurance with a mission to build supply depots for Shackleton’s planned crossing of the continent. But their ship disappeared in a gale, leaving ten inexperienced, ill-equipped men to trek 1,356 miles in the harshest environment on earth. Drawing on the men’s own journals and photographs, The Lost Men is a masterpiece of historical adventure, a book destined to be a classic in the vein of Into Thin Air.
skipper’s”: Keith Jack, diary, February 25, 1915, SLV. p. 106. “[Cope] thinks he is”: Æneas Mackintosh, diary, January 13, 1915, SPRI. p. 106. “he had no confidence”: Alexander Stevens, “Report of the Ross Sea Party,” p. 23, SPRI. p. 106. “an excellent man”: Ernest Shackleton to Æneas Mackintosh, September 18, 1914, SPRI. p. 106. “one cannot help asking”: Keith Jack, diary, February 11, 1915, SLV. p. 106. “Arguments are rife”: Æneas Mackintosh, diary, April 4, 1915, RGS. p. 106. “evil
January 3, 1915. This letter missed the Aurora’s departure and was held in port, where it was collected in 1916 for return to Hayward’s family. p. 247. “On reaching home”: Alexander Stevens to Hugh Robert Mill, November 20, 1928, SPRI. p. 247. “I went out as a geologist”: Alexander Stevens to Hugh Robert Mill, November 20, 1928, SPRI. p. 247. He managed to put Shackleton off: Keith Jack to Leslie Quartermain, February 22, 1961, CM. p. 248. “Mackintosh was a sahib”: John King Davis to Howard
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friendships of Gaze and Hut Point strandings of- 97 insubordination by Jack and leadership style and skills of Mackintosh and man-hauling and marriage of Mawson and mental condition of on Nimrod voyage pastimes of payment of physical condition of physical problems and illness of postvoyage career of rescue of Richards and scientific work of Shackleton and Shackleton on on shore parties - 100 snowblindness of Spencer-Smith’s illness and Stenhouse and Stevens and tobacco
cases of porridge, bacon, and eggs from well-wishers. Then came the newspapers and sacks of mail. The headlines confirmed one of the first wireless messages that Hooke had received from Awarua: “War still going strong havoc with civilization.” Under tow, the Aurora reached Otago Heads on April 3, when Stenhouse asked the tug to cast off so the Aurora could steam into port unassisted. Stenhouse had already begun planning the rescue of his stranded shore party. For days, he had been sending